U.S. Soccer

Johnston, Morgan Goals Lift USA to 2-0 Win vs. Japan in Front of Record Ohio Crowd

CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 5, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans – a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio – in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.

After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA put in a dominant performance in the second leg of this two-game set, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.

Johnston scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute with her eighth career goal, all of set plays, before Morgan capped things off in the 62nd with her team leading 11th goal of 2016.

With the U.S. in control of the match, both teams began introducing numerous second half substitutions, but after playing almost the entire match under sunny skies, the weather abruptly took a turn for the worse and in the 76th minute the match officials were forced to send the players back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.

U.S. Soccer is awaiting final word from FIFA as to whether the match and all the statistics will count as official.

The U.S. WNT will finish its preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio next month, beginning with the first match in team history against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1). The team will play a second match later in July against an as yet to be announced opponent before departing for the Olympics.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long), 27th minute:
The U.S. won a free kick near the right sideline just inside Japan’s half of the field that Morgan Brian sent toward the top of the penalty area. Ami Sugita miss-hit her attempted clearance and the ball fell to Megan Klingenberg, who tapped it back into the left side of the penalty area to Allie Long. Long dribbled into the box before whipping a low cross to the far post where Johnston had gotten in front of her marker to easily redirect the ball into the net. USA 1, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Julie Johnston sent a long ball over the Japan backline down the right wing for Crystal Dunn to run onto. Dunn sprinted into the attacked third and spun a first-time cross low across the face of goal for Alex Morgan who slipped between a pair of Japan defenders to redirect the ball into the roof of the net for the game-capping goal. USA 2, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JPN – Erina Yamane, 1st minute:
The USA came flying out of the gates from the opening whistle and immediately put Japan’s defense under pressure. Crystal Dunn got down the right flank and picked out Christen Press, who was cutting into the box. Press saw her point blank shot saved by on rushing Japan goalkeeper. The rebound fell to Alex Morgan in the middle of the penalty area and her goal-bound shot hit teammate Allie Long. The USA got another crack at goal, but it was cleared away by a defender with Yamane still finding her footing after making the initial save.

JPN – Erina Yamane, 8th minute: Christen Press got in behind the Japan defense down its left flank and cut past a defender before centering the ball for Allie Long, who was making a trailing run out of midfield. Long had a good look at goal, but her low shot right at Yamane who was able to get down and smother.

JPN – Erin Yamane, 46th minute: Alex Morgan muscled her way past a Japan defender to earn a one-vs.-one chance and after creating a bit of space for herself, she unleashed a dipping shot from just outside the penalty area that required Yamane to reach at full stretch in order to it palm away and keep the U.S. from moving further ahead early in the second half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action when it meets South Africa for a friendly for the first time in team history at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1).

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Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo, who earned her 196th cap, earned the 99th shutout of her career, and with two games left before the Olympics, could become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 before the USA leaves for Brazil. The USA plays South Africa for the first time in team history on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and will play a yet to be announced match in late July.

Additional Notes:

  • The 23,535 fans at today’s game mark the largest crowd to watch the WNT in the state of Ohio. The previous record was 23,101 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 3, 1999 vs. South Korea.
  • Alex Morgan now has seven career goals vs. Japan, the most she has vs. any country.
  • Morgan has now scored in seven games of the 11 she’s played in 2016, and with four multi-goal games so far, has a total of 11 goals in 2016.
  • Morgan now has 67 career goals and 18 multi-goal games for the USA.
  • The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
  • Julie Johnston scored her third goal of 2016 and eighth career goal. All have come off set pieces.
  • Allie Long notched her second career assist for the WNT.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             1             2
JPN                                      0             0             0 

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

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WNT Jun 5, 2016

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             1             2
JPN                                      0             0             0 

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

Cincinnati, Ohio: Soccer City USA

Cincinnati, Ohio is the capital of American Soccer. Let it sink in. Say it out loud and let it roll around your mind. For the moment at least, all eyes are on this city where the Licking and Ohio rivers meet, known more for a devotion to bats, mitts, and the oval kind of football. “There’s a perfect storm going on here,” midfielder Andrew Wiedeman told ussoccer.com about his second-tier FC Cincinnati, on a run to the Round of 16 of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup that is drawing huge crowds to a downtown dead as doornails not long ago.  

“It was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in in my career,” said Wiedeman, the San Francisco Bay Area native who admitted to getting goosebumps “literally, for the first time” when he marched onto the turf at Nippert Stadium on June 14 for a famous 1-0 win over nearby MLS outfit Columbus Crew SC. There were 30,160 fans in the stands – a record crowd for a non-Final in the Open Cup. And they weren’t just there. They were loud, easily drowning out Crew fans who’d made the 100-mile trip south. “And I say that having played in all the big MLS stadiums. Nothing comes close to that day. The Bailey was just crazy!” 

 

What’s the Bailey, you ask? It’s a section at the north end of the Stadium, built in 1915 for American football and part of the University of Cincinnati campus. It’s where 1,700 of FC Cincinnati’s hardest-core supporters stand and shout, ignite buckets of blue smoke, unfurl elaborate tifos, bang drums and generally intimidate the hell out of visiting teams. “I wouldn’t want to be an opposing goalkeeper and have the Bailey bouncing up over my head,” added Wiedeman, a whip-smart pro since 2010 with four seasons in MLS to his name. Believe him when he says there’s something special going on in the Queen City.  

The Bailey Effect
“I think the word Bailey comes from the old days and means some kind of castle wall,” said Ryan Lammi, a member of Die Innenstadt – one of a clutch of supporters groups that sprang to life and grew up with the new United Soccer League (USL) team since its founding just 21 months ago. “It’s a little tough to pronounce, and even tougher to spell,” 27 year-old Lammi laughed, taking time out from his job as a civil engineer to chat about the young club he’s come to love. Innenstadt means inner city in German and is a nod to the city’s sizable German roots. “When we get to banging on the banners up there in the Bailey it makes a ton of noise and can be pretty intimidating.”

 

Die Innenstadt isn’t the only supporters group to rise up around FC Cincinnati, now in its second season, but they’re crucial in the march that happens every matchday. About a mile from Nippert Stadium is a bar called Mecklenburg’s Garden, where Die Innenstadt’s die-hards hoist a few barley pops and make a few toasts to good health and cheer in the beer garden. When sufficiently lubricated, they begin to walk up Vine St. to Corry Boulevard. They pick up other crews along the way, all with their own names and their own home bar. By the time they get to the stadium and march up to the Bailey, they’re warmed up – singing and drumming and making the cocky noises of seasoned soccer fans.

Supporters on the March
“We just go outside our bar and wait for the crowd to come up the road,” said Payne Rankin, a Cincinnati native late to his love affair with soccer but an evangelist now – converting members of his family who hated the game because it wasn’t gridiron or baseball and was too different to care about. “Before the Columbus Crew game, I looked back at the march and it was huge – 2000 people maybe. We kept picking ‘em up and it grew and grew.”

The Crew fans, a creditable band of 1000 easy, never had a chance. They were drowned out early and completely. Come to think of it, the Crew never had a chance on the pitch either. Even with Federico Higuain, Wil Trapp, Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay in the starting XI – damn near a full-strength side – they couldn’t counter the power of the Bailey, FC Cincinnati and this particular moment in time and space. The Crew dictated the play in the first-ever Ohio Derby, but FCC held firm and the Bailey blow the ball away from the danger zones. 

 

“We’re up there perched like weird birds – It’s ominous and there’s smoke and flags and we’re just being annoying and looking down,” said 25-year-old Payne. His supporters group is called The Pride, and he’s found himself in the grip of an extraordinary sporting moment. “It’s impossible at the time to know how loud you’re being because you’re just one of many, but when we scored I’m telling you there were pretty stoic men crying in the stands.”

The only goal of the game came right under the Bailey at Nippert’s north end. It was just after the hour-mark of a game FC Cincinnati spent sitting back and bunkered in. “They definitely won the possession battle,” chuckled Wiedeman, who claims if ever an MLS bid were to come to the Queen City it would be “the second coming of Portland.”

 

The Crew took 19 shots to FCC’s five on the day. But the scorer was only ever going to be one man: Djiby Fall. He’s from faraway Senegal but he calls Cincinnati home now. A pro for well over a decade, he’s played in Denmark, Russia, Norway, UAE and Belgium. He’s the best header of a ball that Wiedeman’s ever seen. But at 32 and winding down, he’s just a gun for hire – a goal-slinger for money, right? Not quite. “I was emotional,” said Fall who’s scored three goals so far in the Open Cup and all of them match-winners. “When I saw our fans up there and the support they were giving us, how they reacted to my goal, I became very emotional.” 

Fall Tears Fell Too
Fall fell to his knees and shed tears. He shed them just like the Bailey’s stoic men – some of whom didn’t give a damn for soccer a few years ago but are right in the thick of it now. “You saw it when he scored,” said Rankin, who says he’ll never forget that night. “Fall started celebrating like it was just another goal, and then it hit him: he fell to his knees and got emotional because he knew what it meant to all of us up there. He went from happy to just collapsing – all because of this crazy, beautiful, awesome, frustrating game.”

 

And that’s not it. It would be enough for a lifetime if it was, but there’s more to the story. These fans in this city, who’ve made something special where there was nothing but empty seats and potential before, get to do it all over again. The gods have blessed them with another home game in the Round of 16, and it’s well on its way to a sell-out when Chicago Fire and their stars come marching into town. Broadcasters, with their eagle eye for numbers and trends, have taken notice too. ESPN2 will air the game in a national broadcast - rare for the Open Cup before the Semifinal Round.  

“We’ve got nothing to lose when the Fire come, just like we had nothing to lose when Columbus came,” said Wiedeman. “The pressure’s on them and they’ll have a lot to answer for to their fans if they slip up. If we do, our fans will be proud of us.” Rankin, one of those fans caught up in this singular moment in a quiet corner of the American Midwest, is ready to do his part – one loud, proud voice in a crowd: “All we can do as supporters is be as loud as we can and hope that makes a difference.” 

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 27, 2017

WNT on TV: NWSL Midweek Edition

Eight teams are back in action on Wednesday during the first set of midweek games this summer. The North Carolina Courage and the Washington Spirit will not play, but return to action on July 1. Here are the matchups as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team players to keep an eye on:

NWSL

Wednesday, June 28

Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride – 7 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Both teams come into the game after tough losses on Saturday. Kelley O’Hara, who missed the 2-1 defeat in Chicago, returns home with Sky Blue FC to host Ali Krieger and the Orlando Pride, which lost 2-0 at home to Houston.

Sky Blue is unbeaten in three all-time meetings against Orlando (2W-1D). Sky Blue beat the Pride 2-1 earlier this season in New Jersey. Orlando won just its second road game in franchise history on June 17 against Houston. The win snapped a 12-game road winless streak for the Pride (9L-3D).

Houston Dash vs. Boston Breakers – 9 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Houston is coming off a big win on the road against Orlando, which included this rocket goal from Carli Lloyd. Now Lloyd, Morgan Brian, Jane Campbell and the Dash return home to host the Boston Breakers, who are hoping to end their four-game losing streak.

Houston is on a three-game winning streak against Boston and the Dash have outscored the Breakers 8-2 over those matches. Boston has won just one of its last 27 road games (23L-3D). The Breakers have yet to win away from home this season, one of just two teams that has not picked up a win on the road.

Portland Thorns vs. FC Kansas City – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Back in Portland, the Thorns will look to get back on track after back-to-back losses the previous weekends. Allie Long, Lindsey Horan and Meghan Klingenberg host Becky Sauebrunn and Sydney Leroux at Providence Park as two teams in the middle of the league standings look to climb up the table in the second half of the season.

FC Kansas City is unbeaten in the last six meetings against Portland (3W-3D), including a 0-0 draw in Kansas City earlier this season. Portland’s eight-game home unbeaten streak came to an end in its last home game, a 3-1 defeat to Sky Blue on June 17.

Seattle Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars – 10 p.m. ET (go90.com)
The Red Stars are heading to the West Coast for a showdown against Megan Rapinoe and the Seattle Reign. The Red Stars, featuring Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short, haven’t lost a game since April 29, and continue its hold on second place in the league standings with 20 points, four behind league leader NC Courage.

Chicago is on a seven-game unbeaten streak against Seattle (4W-3D). The Red Stars have shutout the Reign three times over this stretch. The Reign are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches (7W-4D), scoring an average of 2.5 goals and conceding 0.9 goals per match over that span.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

To watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet, download the go90 app (free) via the App Store or Google Play. Users with go90 version 3.0 and later can cast live games from the go90 app to Airplay and Chromecast. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches on their laptops via go90.com, nwslsoccer.com or on the NWSL app.

Internationally all games are available on the NWSL app and the NWSL website.

The complete 2017 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.


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WNT Jun 27, 2017

Pinho’s Home Away From Home

Miami FC has an extra gear this year. “We’re winning games even if we don’t play well…games we would have lost last year,” says the club’s Italian coach Alessandro Nesta, a former World Cup and Champions League winner. “There’s been a change in quality, mentality and the players are better.” One of those players can’t be overlooked: 6-foot-2 Stefano Pinho, a striker with pedigree and panache whose hat-trick shocked Orlando City in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.  
Pinho, in his first season with Miami, scored all three goals in the North American Soccer League (NASL) side’s 3-1 win over Orlando away from home. Polished like a rare gem at the fabled youth academy of Brazilian giants Fluminense, Pinho called some big names mentor in his formative years. And there’s no doubting that his presence, nose for goal and overall killer’s instinct have had a hand in Miami’s change of fortune.

“It was my first Open Cup match, and it was such an incredible feeling to score a hat-trick,” said the 26-year-old Pinho, who’s still perfecting his English since moving Stateside in 2013. Nesta had called that game, at the brand-new Orlando City Stadium, the most important in Miami FC’s short history. And Pinho was simply too much to handle on the day. He stalked the penalty area like a predator in the wild and poked holes in the opposition defense by dragging seasoned pros out of position like rookies.

Cut Above, Step Ahead
You’d lose track trying to count the number of times Pinho gave former U.S. National Team standout Jonathan Spector the slip, leaving the defender looking to the heavens for answers while the men from Miami celebrated yet another goal. “We trained really hard for that game and put a lot of focus into it and people are beginning to take notice of Miami FC now,” said Pinho who’s got seven goals in all competitions so far this year.

 

The striker has taken the city of Miami to his heart, but Brazil will always be home. “It reminds me a lot of Brazil here, the beaches and the weather are similar,” said Pinho who spent a good few years on loan from Fluminense, including a memorable one in Finland with provincial side MyPa. “But no matter what, Brazil will always be home to me even with the problems there.”  

Even against an MLS team, there’s something special about the movement and touch that Pinho shows. And it all seems effortless. He’s a cut-above the second-tier opposition he faces week in and week out in the NASL. When he darts into space, he catches defenders off balance and leaves them scrambling to recover.

Pinho began his career as a midfielder, a No. 10 with a keen passing eye at Fluminense. He’s always a step or two ahead of the play because of what he learned early. “I was there for almost nine years,” he says wistfully of the Flu youth set-up in Rio de Janeiro where he absorbed the Brazilian way of play. “I was trained by the best coaches in a place with so much history in the game,” added Pinho who lined up alongside one-time Barcelona midfielder Deco and Brazilian international Fred in those days. “Almost everything I know about this game I learned there at Flu.”

Even with the experience of playing and learning alongside some big names, Pinho couldn’t help but be a little nervous upon learning Nesta would be his coach in Miami. “At first I felt a little anxious around him, because of who he is in the game and such a huge name,” Pinho admitted. “But you have to get used to these things and I did. It’s true that the knowledge and experience he brings to our team is unlike any other.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Pinho when he arrived in the States in 2013. He suffered early on and struggled coming to grips with the physicality of the game in the U.S. He caught the attention of scouts at Colorado Rapids but the club balked when it came time to sign him. “Back then it was a little hard,” he admitted. “There was a lot of strength and speed training and I was not use to these things coming from Brazil, where you do more with the ball.”

 

Pinho’s Breakout Season
But in 2015, Pinho took the NASL by the scruff of the neck. And he’s not looked back since. He led the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to the league’s semifinal playoff round. “I was a little more mature at the time and I’d say it was my best year of my career so far.” That’s a bit of an understatement as Pinho, surrounded by familiar faces in fellow Brazilians Marlon Freitas and PC, led the Strikers with 16 goals in 23 games and was crowned the league’s best-player without much controversy of competition. “It may have been my best year, but I want to do even better this year in Miami.” 

Pinho’s form that year was enough to attract the attentions of a handful of MLS coaches and he spent last season with Minnesota United, where he scored five times in 25 appearances. But Miami is his home away from home now. He’s comfortable in South Florida. And when he speaks of his new club, it might not be with exactly the same enthusiasm as Fluminense, but it’s close. “We are a family here,” he said a few days before a Round of 16 contest in the Open Cup. “That’s the feeling I have here. Every move, every pass, everything is one cohesive movement between all of us, and that is our greatest strength.” 

It’s clear that Pinho likes the vibe and flow of Miami and the feeling is mutual. The side is seven points clear at the top of the NASL standings and haven’t lost in 13 games. Next up is another Major League Soccer side in Atlanta United FC on Wednesday. “I think we can go a long way in the Cup because our team has something special this year,” he said, before changing gears the same way he did to leave markers in his dust in Orlando. “Our focus is only on Atlanta. They are the team in front of us.”

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U.S. Open Cup Jun 27, 2017

Auction Underway for Autographed MNT Rainbow-Number Jerseys to Benefit You Can Play Project

CHICAGO (June 27, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the June match vs. Venezuela are now available via an online auction with all proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

In recognition of LGBTQ month in June, U.S. Soccer, along with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association and the Women's National Team Players Association partnered with the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction launched today, Tuesday, June 27 and will last eight days, concluding on Wednesday, July 5. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey. 

The U.S. players wore the pride inspired jerseys during the U.S. MNT game vs. Venezuela on June 3 in a friendly played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The U.S. WNT jersey auction will take place soon. The U.S. Women wore the rainbow-numbered jerseys in its two June friendly matches, first vs. Sweden on June 8, in Gothenburg, and again vs. Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord.

In addition, fans can purchase customized jerseys with the rainbow numbers through ussoccerstore.com, and a special “One Nation. One Team.” hat with rainbow lettering is also on sale.

Proceeds from all three opportunities will be donated to the You Can Play Project.

As a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community, U.S. Soccer promoted the hashtag #OneNation in support of the victims of the Pulse Night Club shooting in June of 2016. U.S. MNT captain Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow armband with the One Nation inscription, and auctioned off the armband and his jersey

Panini America is the official trading card partner of U.S. Soccer. Through Panini Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, these match-issued and autographed U.S. Soccer jerseys have been authenticated, hologrammed and packaged for this special auction.


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MNT Jun 27, 2017

GALLERY: MNT Hits First Day of 2017 Gold Cup Training Camp in Nashville

U.S. MNT players began reporting June 25 into Nashville for pre-Gold Cup training camp. Monday saw the team take to the training field together for the first time ahead of  this weekend's trip to East Hartford, Conn. for a tournament tune-up against Ghana on July 1 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium [TICKETS]. Kickoff is set for 4:45 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN (with a pregame show on UniMas and UDN starting at 4 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

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MNT Jun 27, 2017
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